OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL COUGARS
2019 IAAM C CONFERENCE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONS
Mount Carmel routs Park, claims second IAAM C softball crown in three seasons; Smith provides 3-run blast (VIDEO HERE!)
by Donald Daniels
Trust. That was the mantra for Mount Carmel softball this spring.
Saturday, the Cougars completed their journey in rousing fashion, defeating Park School, 21-1, to claim the IAAM C Conference title at Stevenson University’s Weinberg-Fine Stadium.
Every Cougar crossed home plate as the Baltimore County private school (12-3 overall), capped a perfect league run (10-0). Mount Carmel has won two of the last three league titles.
“At our first practice we embodied this principle called hold the rope, the line of the story is if you about to fall of a cliff and there was only a rope, who would want at the other end holding it,” Mount Carmel coach Liz Hipple said. “The object of that was to get everyone on the team to trust each other and the girls embodied that all season and that what has driven our success.”
After falling behind in the 1st, it was all Cougars. Sophomore Jordan Smith doubled home Demi Conner and Ashley Conway in the home half of the 1st.
“We have a lot of young players on our team, so once we got those first inning championship jitters out, we leveled out and went to work,” Hipple said.
Mount Carmel created a massive cushion for pitcher Stephanie Chaney at the bottom of the second, scoring nine runs before an out was recorded. Smith capped a 12-run rally with a 3-run blast over the left field fence, sending the Cougar faithful into a frenzy.
“When I first went to bat I was thinking ‘I don’t need to hit a homerun here’ just a base hit since we had people of base, we just needed the RBI,” Smith said. “Then when I hit it, it felt so good and it wasn’t until I got to second base that I realized that I hit it out.”
Conner padded the lead with a 2-run double at the bottom of third scoring Emily Beck and Alex Snodgrass increasing the Cougar advantage to 18-1. The Old Eastern Avenue school tacked on three more runs in the fourth via a Snodgrass two-run single and Beck’s RBI triple.
Chaney finished off the mercy-rule match in the 5th, getting a pop out and two strikeouts. Chaney allowed only three hits.
“We practice hard everyday because we knew we didn’t have a lot of players, but we came together as a team and now we are champions,” Smith said.
The sixth-seed in the C playoffs, Park (4-6) defeated No. 3 seed Institute of Notre Dame in the quarterfinals and second-seed Oldfields School in the semifinal for a second straight trip to the championship round.
In the end, Park has to wait at least a year for its first softball crown since 2003.
“I just told my kids no expects us to be here and you have nothing to lose, might as well fun in the final games and they surprised everyone including me,” Bruins coach Breanna Nation said. “I know we didn’t win, but we just played in the championship game and that is something that we should be pretty proud of.”
IAAM C CONFERENCE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
AT WEINBERG-FINE STADIUM/STEVENSON UNIVERSITY
Mount Carmel 21, Park School 1
Park 100 00 – 1 3 3
Mount Carmel 2(12)2 5x – 21 16 1
2B: Mount Carmel – Smith, Beck, Conner, Snodgrass, Conway
3B: Mount Carmel – Smith, Beck, Conway
HR: Mount Carmel – Smith